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Early Childhood Registered Apprenticeship Program First in Region

Posted on April 26, 2024

Johnstown, PA (April 25, 2024) – Building a career in early childhood is now easier and more affordable in the Alleghenies region. The Learning Lamp is introducing a Registered Apprenticeship Program for anyone interested in working in child care, preschool, or elementary-age classrooms. This is the first Early Childhood Education (ECE) registered apprenticeship program in the region. It allows workers in the field to take college-level courses at no cost, improving their skills and the quality of care. This is a significant step forward for the region’s child care programs and their employees.

Building upon the success of The Learning Lamp’s approved Pre-Apprenticeship program, established in 2022, this initiative is designed to assist entry-level child care staff in earning their Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Participants will enhance their skills and knowledge while earning a paycheck. The program is available to any employee of a licensed child care program in the Southern Alleghenies region.

“This program supports the development of early childhood professionals through coursework and paid on-the-job learning opportunities,” said Anna Zettle, Pre-Apprenticeship Program Manager at The Learning Lamp. “By offering a clear path to career advancement and financial stability, we aim to create a workforce that is not only skilled but also committed to the growth and development of the region’s young children.”

The ECE apprenticeship model combines job-embedded learning, college-level courses, and increased pay for participants as they reach academic milestones. The Learning Lamp aims to expand the offering in the near future to include associate’s and bachelor’s level coursework. This will allow child care workers across the region to complete college degrees in early childhood education or child development at no cost.

For more information about The Learning Lamp and its Registered Apprenticeship Program contact Anna Zettle at 814-262-0732 x305 or email azettle@theleanringlamp.org. For more information about The Learning Lamp and its programs, visit thelearninglamp.org.

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The Learning Lamp is a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage all children in the support they need to succeed. We deliver high-quality programs that are affordable and accessible to families of all income levels. In 2023, The Learning Lamp and our school-based division Ignite Education Solutions directly served 37,524 children and adults. In addition to our own program locations, we worked with 87 public and private schools in 36 Pennsylvania counties. We also supported 473 child care and community-based youth organizations with free or nearly free shared resources, positively impacting another 44,190 children statewide.

Our programs include: child care and preschool, after-school programs, tutoring, SAT prep, school staffing, alternative education programs for at-risk students, online learning, credit recovery, drug and alcohol prevention programs, and grant writing and project consulting for schools.

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